This shawl is worked in the round, using the “pi” construction created by the great Elizabeth Zimmermann. Each section is knit from a different chart, and that chart is repeated a number of times around. Each line of the chart is also written out, and those written out instructions are for one “repeat” of each chart. For each section of the shawl the pattern tells you how many times (or repeats) you will knit each line on each round of the chart, and also for how many rounds you will knit each chart. Most of the charts are repeated more than one time so be sure to pay attention to the instructions as you knit.
June 13, 2011: Error found in chart C: On Round 5 iin the written directions, it should read: yo, k1, sl1 k2tog psso, k1, yo, k1
The bolded "k1" is missing from the written directions. The chart is correct. A corrected pdf is being released today. My apologies!